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8 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair Without Realizing

8 Ways You’re Damaging Your Hair Without Realizing

In just a single day, your hair can endure washing drying, brushing, heating, and styling. If this is a routine practice, then before long your hair may start to show signs of damage, like frizz and split ends.

Hair will naturally thin out and look dull with age, but there are steps that anyone can take to stop or even reverse this problem. These are the most common mistakes that are made, but the good news is that they are easily fixable to bring your hair new life.

1. Too Much Conditioner

The ends of the hair are the only parts that truly need conditioner. Start with a dime sized amount and dispel it through the hair. When needed, up the amount, but never apply more amount than the size of a quarter.

This will benefit your hair and your wallet – using less product every time you wash will prolong the life of a bottle of conditioner.

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2. Sun Damage

Sun damage can lead to a dry and itchy scalp as well as battered hair. The good news is that a sun damaged or dry scalp can be repaired. Try to resist itching if you are dealing with irritation, and try a white vinegar rinse in the shower. This will help get rid of the residue and will relieve the irritation.

Dandruff relief shampoos will also help with itching. Specialty repairing shampoos and conditioners aim to repair the hair and scalp after exposure to the sun. To prevent the damage, consider wearing a hat when outdoors for a long period of time.

3. Washing Every Day

In general, hair should be washed only as often as needed, which is every 2 to 3 days. Any more frequently than this and the hair is stripped of its natural oils that help to protect it and keep it shiny.

Over washing will also quickly dull dyed hair. If working out keeps you washing your hair daily, try rinsing with water only and then conditioning the hair ends. Dry shampoos are widely available through many retailers, even made in shades to match most hair colors.

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4. Using Too Much Heat When Styling

Many modern styling tools now come with adjustable heat settings, and your own setting will depend on the type of hair that you have.

It is recommended to start at 300 degrees and only gradually increase the heat, if you are not seeing the desired results. And remember, do not ever use hot tools on hair that is wet, and always use a heat protectant product.

5. Brushing Hair When Wet

Strands of hair are much weaker when they are wet, and one of the biggest mistakes to make is forcing a brush through it. Try to brush your hair before getting in the shower to untangle knots.

Consider using a wide-tooth comb while in the shower to work the conditioner in and remove knots from the ends up to the roots.

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6. The Wrong Type of Shampoo

Cleansing agents in shampoos, like sulfates, have gained popularity. Though there are no health hazards that come from them, these chemicals do have a tendency to dry out skin, hair, and the scalp while stripping away color.

Sulfate-free shampoos will help with frizziness, split ends, and tangling.

7. Avoiding Haircuts

The average length of time to go between trims is about 3 months. Even if you are trying to grow your hair out, when you begin seeing split ends, you should opt for a trim.

Damage will continue up the shaft and eventually necessitate a cut of more length than you may want.

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8. Too Many Chemical Treatments

On an average, you should only be getting about 2 treatments per year, not including coloring. Not only can they harm your hair if used too often, it is not healthy to breathe them in regularly.

The more frequently a process like relaxing is done, the more prone the hair will be to breaking.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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